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Eggleston, Katharine

(1874-?   ) US author who according to early records was born Katie M Junkermann (forename also given as Katherine or Katharine, surname sometimes as Junkerman or Jenkerman); married to fringe-science writer Fenwicke L Holmes in 1919. Her Lost World novel is Red O'Rourke's Riches (2 March-20 April 1912 The Cavalier Weekly as by Katherine Eggleston and F H Richardson; 1937), in which an Egyptian colony is discovered in the mountains of Arizona. There are imprecise references to ...

Fairburn, Edwin

(1827-1911) New Zealand land surveyor, painter and author whose sf novel, The Ships of Tarshish: Being a Sequel to the "Wandering Jew" (1867 [but see Checklist]) as by Mohoao, which may be the first published novel by a native of New Zealand, is a kind of Future War tale in which an English descendant of the Wandering Jew saves beleaguered Britain with his futuristic ironclads (see Inventions). A sequel, The Ships of the Future: Being an Epilogue to The Ships of Tarshish (1889 chap), is ...

Wolverton, Dave

(1957-2022) US author who also wrote as David Farland, and who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Sky Is an Open Highway" in The Leading Edge for Fall 1985. He began to enter literary contests in that year, winning a few small competitions and then the Best of the Year award in the Writers of the Future Contest for 1986, with "On My Way to Paradise", which appeared in L Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future, Volume III (anth 1987). This novella was the basis for his first novel, On ...

McSherry, Frank D, Jr

(1927-1997) US anthologist who worked with Martin H Greenberg and Charles G Waugh on more than twenty Anthologies, chiefly of ghostly and supernatural fiction. Of sf interest is the Baseball-themed Baseball 3000 (anth 1981) edited with Greenberg and Waugh. The Best Horror Stories of Arthur Conan Doyle (coll 1989), edited with Greenberg and Waugh, is a useful selection of Arthur Conan Doyle's horror fiction; The Fantastic World War II (anth 1990), edited with Greenberg and Waugh (both ...

Bannister, Andrew

(1965-    ) UK author whose Spin trilogy beginning with Creation Machine (2016) is primarily set, at least initially, in the eponymous Macrostructure, a constructed ensemble of something like ninety planets revolving around twenty-one suns (see Stars), a vast complex assembled (and in a sense manufactured) by what may be a Forerunner civilization. The family-romance plot of the first instalment – dictatorial father plus rebellious daughter who flees through space to ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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